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TRIBUTES

So Long, Jimbo:
James Garner 1928-2014
by Kevin Burton Smith

Remembering Rockford
James Garner 1928-2014
A Tribute by Craig McDonald

Raymond Chandler Was An Asshole
by Stephen Blackmoore

Looking for Robert B. Parker
A Fond Farewell to the Man Who Saved P.I. Fiction

by Cameron Hughes

Dennis Lynds, 1924-2005:
The Mystery Community Pays Their Respects...

An Officer's Final Salute: R.I.P. Ed McBain
by Jim Doherty

Mickey Spillane: This Time It's Personal
by Max Allan Collins

Arthur Lyons: Lyons Ends His Roar
by J. Kingston Pierce

SHAMUS SOAPBOX

Dan Fortune Has His Say
Michael Collins' Outspoken Private Eye Speaks Out

INTERVIEWS

Forgotten Hammett
A Long-Lost Interview
Unearthed by Ben Solomon

Heavier Than Broken Hearts:
The 2013 Raymond Chandler Interview
Conducted by Ben Solomon

The Shrink-Wrapped P.I.
The Richard Helms Interview
Conducted by Jack Bludis

Burning Down the House:
The John Lutz Interview
Conducted by Kevin Burton Smith

Hard-Boiled Poet: The Reed Farrel Coleman Interview
Conducted by Jack Bludis

Rob Kantner: The Thrilling Detective Interview
Conducted by Kevin Burton Smith

The Adventures of Harry Nile
Talkin' with Jim French & Phil Harper
Conducted by Stewart Wright

ESSAYS

Timothy Webster: Pinkerton Detective
and the Civil War Spy
Essay by Corey Recko

A Queer Eye for the New Eyes
Essay by Josh Lanyon

Drive-Bys: Private Eyes in Hip Hop
Essay by Ray Garraty

Sex in Crime Fiction
Essay by Jill Edmonson

"What? You Want It to Be Realistic As Well?"
Essay by Joe Stein

The New Black Mask
A Review and Tribute by Mark Coggins

From Spenser to Yeats:
Feminism's Version of the Hard-boiled Sleuth

is on the Wagon and Rides a Harley
Essay by Jill Edmonson

Poor Bob:
The Private Eye Shows of Robert Urich

Essay by Kevin Burton Smith

Down These Mean Streets a Gay Man Must Also Go
Essay by Drewey Wayne Gunn

A Man Must Do What He Must:
Hammett's Pragmatism
Essay by Josef Hoffmann

P.G. Wodehouse: P.I. Writer
By Rudyard Kennedy

On the Trail of Drexel Drake's Falcon
An On-Going Investigation

By Frank Derato

Mickey Spillane: This Time It's Personal
By Max Allan Collins

Hard, Tough and More Than a Little Nasty:
Martin Brett's Mike Garfin Novels

An Overview by Kevin Burton Smith

Watching the Detective:
The Maltese Falcon's Cynical Influence on a Young Reader
Essay by Peter Spiegelman

The New Pulp!
A Tribute To Blue Murder
Essay by Kevin Burton Smith

Why I Love Crime Fiction
Essay by Leonard Chang

Welcome to L.A.
Opening Remarks by Robert Crais

Memories of Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine
Reminisces by Richard A. Moore

Nero Wolfe:
A Social Commentary on the US
Essay by Marcia Kiser

Spenser and Hawk:
A Study of Good and Evil in the Fiction of Robert B. Parker
Essay by Gerald So

The Mitch Tobin Series
Overview by Bryan Schingle

The Donald Strachey Series by Richard Stevenson
Overview by Sam Phillips

REVIEWS
BOOKS

Death is Not the End
"The Black-Eyed Blonde" by Benjamin Black
Review by Kevin Burton Smith

"Beat L.A" by Gary Phillips and Tony Chavira
Review by Lily Gardner

"Right As Rain" by George Pelecanos
Review by Lily Gardner

"The Woman Who Married a Bear" by John Straley
Review by Lily Gardner

"Smoker" by Greg Rucka
Review by Lily Gardner

"Death on the Cheap" by Arthur Lyons
Review by Kevin Burton Smith

A Pynchon Private Eye Novel: "Inherent Vice"
Review by Scott Adlerberg

"Men of the Mean Streets" edited by Greg Herren & J.M. Redmann
Review by Josh Lanyon

"No Chance in Hell" by Nick Quarry
Review by August West

"Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead" by Sara Gran
Review by D.L. Browne

"No Chance in Hell" by Nick Quarry
Review by August West

"So Dark for April" by John Evans
Review by August West

"The Convertible Hearse" by Bill Gault
Review by August West

"Songs of Innocence" by Richard Aleas
Review by Seth Harwood

"Pulp" by Charles Bukowski
Review by Christopher Friesen

"The Gates of Eden" by Ethan Cohen
Review by Christopher Friesen

"Black Alley" by Mickey Spillane
Review by Christopher Friesen

"A Drink Before the War" by Dennis Lehane
Review by Christopher Friesen

"Cold Fire Calm Rage" by Joe Stein
Review by Kieran Carey

"Tonight I Said Goodbye" by Michael Koryta
Review by James R. Winter

"No Time To Mourn" by Tim Wohlforth
Review by Dale Stoyer

"Eve Missing" by Ralph Pezzullo
Review by Dale Stoyer

"The Narrows" by Michael Connelly
Review by Ron DeSourdis

"Blood is the Sky" by Steve Hamilton
Review by James R. Winter

"Lost Light" by Michael Connelly:
Review by David White

"Hardbroiled," edited by Michael Bracken
Review by James R. Winter

"The Last Place" by Laura Lippman
Review by James R. Winter

"The Adventures of Cardigan" by Frederick Nebel
Review by Mario Taboada

"In His Shadow" by Dave Zeltserman
Review by Mario Taboada

There's Something About Willetta...
"Detecting Men" and "Detecting Women 2" by Willetta Heising
Review by Rick Robinson

FILM

THOSE '70s SHOWS
The Decade the Private Eye Film Came of Age

Introduction
By Kevin Burton Smith

"I Was Filled With a Sense
of Loss and Longing."
Chinatown Remembered
By Fred Zackel

"Looking for the Connections"
The Long Goodbye Remembered
By Thomas Pluck

"It's Not Supposed to Matter"
The Conversation Remembered
By Ben Solomon

"With Autumn Closing In"
Night Moves Remembered
By Daniel Moses Luft

OTHER FILMS

Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle
Review by D.L. Browne

Kiss Me Deadly
Review by Bryan Schingle 

MUSIC

Drive-Bys: Private Eyes in Hip Hop
Essay by Ray Garraty

Crime Fiction... With Guitars!
Steve Wynn's Riding Shotgun
Review by Kevin Burton Smith 

TELEVISION

Coming Soon (maybe)
To a Screen Near You
Pilots 2005-2006
Report by Chris Gumprich

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

The Language of Angeltown
A review by Robert Lee

THE WRITING LIFE

So, This Author Walks into a Bar...
Musings on Self-Promotion by Steven Gomez

TRUE CRIME

Just Who The Hell
Was Miranda, Anyway?
An essay by Marcia Kiser

TALES FROM THE LOCK-UP

Never Happen
A Cop's Eye View from Charles Shafer

Tag Man
A Cop's Eye View from Charles Shafer

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